Day 4: Participants at #AnthropocenePHL break out for discussion. Photo by Keith Wayne Brown

Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

The ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is a presentation format from Renaissance Europe used by middle class and wealthy collectors to display odd or rare items. Such cabinets were quite performative, pre-science exhibits that anticipated museums. Often the objects displayed were subject to inquiry and debate, and many fields of social and ...
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Stacked Cars In City Junkyard Will Be Used For Scrap, August 1973

Philadelphia Scrapyards & Auto Wrecking: Planning Considerations

Scrapyards have been on my radar since I moved to Philadelphia. They have been a pressing problem in parts of the River Wards planning district, but they've also been reported to be an important part of Philadelphia's micro-economies and an telling index of late industrialism. The City has long been ...
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CFP: Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene

Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene - Call for Participants Conveners: Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and Timothy Neale (Deakin University) Supported by: Drexel's Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Deakin Science and Society Network. Dates/locations: 1:00PM-4:00PM EST, Thursday 19th April, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT, Friday ...
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“Staying Cool in a Changing Climate” – 2017 Summary

This summer the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran three workshops in Philadelphia. The workshop theme this year focused on senior citizens, heat waves, and emergency preparedness. The presentations also provided basic information about climate change in Philadelphia, how climate change impacts health, and how Philadelphians can modify their ...
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A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey

Indoor Air Across the States

At the first Drexel STS Works in Progress talk, Alex Skula and I presented some findings from our study with Public Lab. We’ve been working with Gretchen Gehreke and Nick Shapiro this year, surveying state health departments about their capacity to respond to citizen requests for information about indoor air ...
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Three views of the cleaning of a fossil specimen acquired in the late 19th century by the Academy of Natural Sciences. By Paul Callomon, August 2016.

New Course Offering: Civic Field School

I am really jazzed to be teaching a new course during Drexel’s summer quarter, “Civic Field School.” It’s an intensive -- a ten week course packed into five -- and also a hybrid, which means that half our time is spent in the classroom, and the other half is spent ...
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NSF Funding for The Asthma Files

The Asthma Files will be starting a three year investigation of environmental health governance in six cities: Albany, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, Beijing, and Bengalura. The project focuses on efforts to understand and address the health effects of long term exposure to transportation-related air pollution: In each city studied, project researchers ...
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Nitrogen dioxide pollution change 2005-2011

Public Hearing for Ground Ozone Standards

Next week the EPA will hold two public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone. These are scheduled for Thursday January 29th -- one in Washington, DC and the second in Arlington, Texas. I won't be able to attend the D.C. hearing, but plan ...
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Mapping Asthma and Obesity Research (Student Perspectives)

My research for EnviroHealthSense has primarily focused on collecting and categorizing asthma research between 2003 and 2014. I have focused on mapping and organizing articles in an “Asthma and Obesity” Zotero collection to create a visual representation of the locations of the data collected. With over two hundred articles from ...
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